Head of Faculty: Caitlin Horan
The mathematics program at Campbell High School aims to promote a positive attitude towards mathematics and its relevance to students both personally and in their community. The program gives students the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of mathematics and its processes by following the Australian Curriculum.
A common course of study is provided to students in year 7. Year 7 classes follow a common program with common assessment items. The year 7 courses cover the basic skills of mathematics and enable students to be numerate in our society as well as preparing them for further high school mathematics studies.
A common course of study is provided to students in years 8 and 9, which is structured to accommodate the range of students in each cohort. Extension classes exists in year 8 and 9 to extend gifted students. The year 8 and 9 courses cover the basic skills of mathematics and enable students to be numerate in our society as well as preparing them for further mathematical enquiry.
In year 10, all students will study a common core program. This program provides students with the opportunity to study mathematics in different levels of depth. Students can follow a 10 or 10A program of study which cover topics which prepare students for tertiary level mathematics at college.
The 10A program leads to a further study of mathematics as needed in heavily mathematics based college courses such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematical Methods to Specialist Mathematics. High achieving students have an opportunity to be selected for the 10A course.
A formalised mathematics tutorial session is available to all students through the Enrichment program. It is designed to give those students who require extra help in mathematics the opportunity to work through problems with a teacher in a smaller group.
Students at Campbell High School have the opportunity to compete in a number of national mathematics competitions including the Computational and Algorithmic Competition, ICAS Mathematics Competition and the Australian Mathematics Competition. Students who have an interest in the creative understanding of mathematics can also join the mathematics and engineering section of the Tournament of Minds.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians offered by the Australian Mathematics Trust. For a small fee, students are given mathematical theory and problems based outside the curriculum designed to extend and challenge their understanding of mathematical concepts.